2017 World Baseball Classic

Finals Schedule

Date Time Gm Away   Home Broadcast Attendance
03/21 Tue 10:00 1 Netherlands 3-4 Puerto Rico TBS,
J Sports
03/22 Wed 10:00 2 United States 2-1 Japan TBS,
J Sports
03/23 Thu 10:00 3 United States 8-0 Puerto Rico TV Asahi,
J Sports

Times in Japan Standard Time.

Useful Links: WBC Official Site, WBC Scoreboard, WBC Schedule, WBC Official Site (JPN)



[8/29/2016] 2017 World Baseball Classic Survey (UPDATE 9/12 @ 2:04am)

I have been asked to do a little research on the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Information I gather could be used in a article that will be published in the next issue of Baseball Times. Those of you that have watched any of YakyuDB’s streams should be familiar with the name. They are a legitimate baseball publication in Japan.



[3/27/2017] Kensuke Uchimura still playing baseball

Thirty-one-year-old Kensuke Uchimura has not yet officially retired from baseball. He was released by the Yokohama Bay Stars last year and tried to find a new home by attending the twelve team tryouts in November, but did not receive any offers from NPB teams. He did receive an offer from JFAM Corporation and began working for them in January this year. He is also playing shortstop for the company team, REVENGE99.

Source: Sponichi 3/27/2017


2017 NPB Opening Day Starters

Team Name JPN Name ENG Sources
Chunichi 大野 雄大 Ono, Yudai Tokyo Sports 3/18/2017
Yomiuri マイコラス Mikolas, Miles Nikkan Sports 3/27/2017
(road opener) 菅野 智之 Sugano, Tomoyuki Nikkan Sports 3/27/2017
Yokohama 石田 健大 Ishida, Kenta Sponichi 1/9/2017
(home opener) 今永 昇太 Imanaga, Shota Nikkan Sports 3/18/2017
Yakult 石川 雅規 Ishikawa, Masanori Sponichi 3/17/2017
Hanshin* メッセンジャー Messenger, Randy Nikkan Sports 3/25/2017
Hiroshima ジョンソン Johnson, Kris Daily Sports 3/18/2017
Seibu 菊池 雄星 Kikuchi, Yusei Nikkan Sports 2/9/2017
Nippon Ham 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei Sanspo 3/16/2017
Rakuten 美馬 学 Mima, Manabu Daily Sports 3/27/2017
(home opener) 則本 昂大 Norimoto, Takahiro Daily Sports 3/25/2017
Orix 金子 千尋 Kaneko, Chihiro Nikkan Sports 2/15/2017
Lotte 涌井 秀章 Wakui, Hideaki Sponichi 2/13/2017
Softbank 和田 毅 Wada, Tsuyoshi Nikkan Sports 2/23/2017

* Kanemoto formally told the media found out on March 24. He spoke to Messenger about the start on the last day of spring camp.


[3/27/2017] Rakuten Eagles: Manabu Mima to get opening day start

Masataka Nashida told reporters today that he decided to give Manabu Mima the opening day start. Takayuki Kishi was slated to get the start, but is currently out with the flu. Nashida decided to turn to Mima because of his nine wins last year and because of his past experiences.

Takahiro Norimoto was also under consideration, but Nashida did not want to make any large changes to the rotation. He was also a little worried because Norimoto is still fresh off the World Baseball Classic.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/27/2017, Daily Sports 3/27/2017, Sponichi 3/27/2017

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[3/27/2017] Yomiuri Giants opening day start: Sugano out, Mikolas in

Yoshinobu Takahashi told people at a team gathering earlier today that Miles Mikolas will start the home opener on March 31 and Tomoyuki Sugano the road opener on April 4. Takahashi decided to make the change because Sugano participated in the World Baseball Classic.

Mikolas was in the United States for the birth of his first child. He returned to Japan on March 26. He rejoined the team today for Ichi-gun practices at Tokyo Dome and tossed a bullpen session.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/27/2017, Daily Sports 3/27/2017, Sponichi 3/27/2017

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[3/27/2017] Yomiuri Giants sign Kyosuke Takagi to Ikusei contract

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they signed Kyosuke Takagi to an Ikusei contract after the NPB commissioner’s office accepted his request to be reinstated. He was assigned the uniform number 028 (starting over from zero plus his old uniform number).

The league discovered Takagi was involved in a gambling ring last year and issued a suspension that would last at least one year. The suspension tentatively ended on March 21. There was no guarantee he would be allowed back into the league, but the NPB commissioner accepted and approved his application.

Takagi spoke at a press conference held earlier today and again apologized for the things he did. He said he understood the gravity of his actions and promised never to gamble again. He said he knew it was not going to be easy to make up for all the wrongs he committed, but also felt that his only chance to make things right was through baseball.

Source: Yomiuri 3/27/2017, Daily Sports 3/27/2017, Daily Sports 3/27/2017Sponichi 3/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/27/2017, Tokyo Sports 3/27/2017


[3/26/2017] 89th Spring Koshien stats updated

Koshien Stats has been updated with games from March 26.


Exhibition Game: Chiba Lotte Marines 2 – Yomiuri Giants 0 (March 26, 2017)

Chiba Lotte Marines vs Yomiuri Giants @ Tokyo Dome – 14:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lotte 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 0
Yomiuri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1

Attendance: 35874 | Time: 2h26m



[3/26/2017] Tomoyuki Sugano could be replaced as opening day starter

Tomoyuki Sugano is still slated to get the opening day start on March 31, but could be replaced if he needs a little more time to rest (not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally) after participating in the World Baseball Classic. If he is replaced, his first start of the regular season will most likely be pushed back to the Yokohama at Yokohama series that begins on April 4.

Source: Sanspo 3/26/2017, Sponichi 3/26/2017


[3/26/2017] Ginjiro Sumitani leaves game after twisting ankle

Ginjiro Sumitani hit a double during his first at bat in the third inning of today’s exhibition game against the Yokohama Bay Stars. He made his way over to third base on a sac bunt, but tumbled over when his foot got stuck in the dirt and lightly twisted his left ankle. He still reached third safely and was replaced by a pinch-runner as a precaution.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/26/2017


[3/26/2017] Takayuki Kishi’s opening day start could be in jeopardy

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that Takayuki Kishi was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with influenza B. He was recently named this year’s opening day starter, but might end up having to miss the game.

Japhet Amador (March 22) and Yuichi Adachi (March 23) are also out with influenza B.

Source: Daily Sports 3/26/2017, Daily Sports 3/26/2017, Sports Hochi 3/26/2017

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NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 89 52 2
Yomiuri 143 71 69 3
Yokohama 143 69 71 3
Hanshin 143 64 76 3
Yakult 143 64 78 1
Chunichi 143 58 82 3
Nippon Ham 143 87 53 3
Softbank 143 83 54 6
Lotte 143 72 68 3
Seibu 143 64 76 3
Rakuten 143 62 78 3
Orix 143 57 83 3